Time of the year

January - February

These two months are the short break between what is called the short and long rains. This is however getting less distinct as global warming and the general change in weather patterns. However although you should expect rain at this time it is generally quite isolated rain so you may miss it completely. This is the time of year that the migration moves into the Southern area of the Serengeti for the calving.

March – May

These are the months when the long rains happen and can make some of the parks inaccessible and you would be confined to the more all weather roads, so you should be careful what areas you choose to go on safari. The big advantage however is that it is very much the low season for Tanzanian safaris so you can have parks all to yourself, and at reduced prices.

June – Sept

These are the dry months and very popular times to be on safari in all the National Parks. The weather is great although it can be very cold in the mornings and evenings in the higher parks like Ngorongoro Crater. At this time of year the great migration is generally up in Northern Serenegti and Masaai Mara systems

Oct - Nov

These months are when the temperatures start to climb and the wildlife concentrates at the last available feeding and watering sites.October can be really hot during the day going towards the 40 degrees Celsius mark in some of the lower lying parks like The Selous Game Reserve but it does cool off at night time. At this time many species of tree start to flower and migratory birds start arriving and in November you should start to see the start of the short rains.

Nov – Dec

With the onset of the short rains at this time of year the temepratures drop, the bush goes green and the migration herds start moving South from the Mara down towards the Southern Serenegti, so its a great time to see the herds on the move should the rains come on time. An excellent time of year for the birders as many migratory birds have arrived and resident birds are in breeding plumages.